The news lately is overflowing with concerns that social media is proving to be unsafe for some users, especially children.
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The Lake Bomoseen Association is very happy to report that the 2021 milfoil harvest has been a great success. This year’s harvest was, in fact, a major advance in the association’s efforts to control/mitigate Eurasian milfoil proliferation. We successfully harvested 100% of the 212 acres ide…
I'm wiring in hopes that local rental agencies and landlords will see this plea. My boyfriend and I have been searching for an apartment for more than a year now. Now that the eviction memorandum has expired, apartments are becoming available. We recently applied for some.
Where? Where are students being indoctrinated with "Critical Race Theory Equity?" What school boards and teachers' unions? All of these groups are our neighbors, our friends, our children and family. They are all Vermonters. Calling them filthy liars and fakes is the kind of juvenile tone on…
Gregory Thayer wrote an article “Teaching lies vs. truth” published Oct. 15.
In response to the article published on Oct. 13 about Goddard College Alumni Council’s vote of no confidence:
This is what the Portland Press Herald had to say recently about Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King’s sounding the alarm on democracy in danger:
We’re at the point where we no longer need to be told it’s been the warmest such and such in the last 50 or 100 years; or since records have been kept; or simply told “this” has never happened before. Although by now, we can recite the reports from memory … “I don’t recall going so late into…
Two heated news events this week seem to represent causes for global concern.
The Vermont Climate Council will soon present a set of recommended strategies to reduce Vermont’s carbon emissions and make our communities more climate resilient. It’s been a long time coming.
(Young people) are high-minded because they have not yet been humbled by life, nor have they experienced the force of circumstances. … They think they know everything and are always quite sure about it … because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations.
Thank you, Frances Haugen. For anyone who has been living under a rock, Ms. Haugen is the ex-Facebook employee who has gone public about how Facebook’s algorithms are designed in a manner that amplifies anger, extremism, and playing fast and furious with facts and truth. (By the way, an algo…
Mr. David, my English teacher, wore corduroy suits and wire-rimmed glasses. His conversation was seasoned with words like “Dostoyevsky,” and he cared about what he said to us even when we didn’t. He also cared about capital letters, synonyms and the passive voice. These things I remember les…
Editor’s note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia. It is reprinted here with permission.
In Lieu of Flowers
I dedicated my life to ending wildlife trapping when I first witnessed images of terrified bobcats, foxes and other wildlife with metal jaws crushing their limbs while humans stood smugly smiling over them.
The recent news from the Biden administration that travel restrictions will be lifted at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers was welcome across Vermont. The lifting of the ban will effectively mark the reopening of the United States to trave…
Again, Keelan misses the point on how our veterans are treated in Vermont. I was appalled and stunned when Don Keelan wrote in one of his columns a while back that veterans in Vermont are not respected — forgotten!
I have been reading the Rutland Herald for many years and I have seen a good newspaper go bias and very Democratic thinking. Anyone who voices an opinion against Joe Biden or other members of the Democratic Party never gets printed.
In the 30 or so hours between the time the Vermont State Police first issued a news release about Emily Ferlazzo’s disappearance (at 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday) and the arraignment of Joseph Ferlazzo in his wife’s death on Wednesday, there was a statewide manhunt, a media briefing and five press r…
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For years now, we’ve heard that parents are children’s most influential teachers, that the classroom teacher should defer to the parents’ point of view when faced with a disagreement about how to deal with misbehavior, curricular content and strongly held social, political and religious posi…
Picture this: the opportunity as an undergraduate student to work with an early-stage technology company helping to improve electric system reliability under extreme weather. Now imagine getting paid for that opportunity while earning credit towards your degree.
Dear Governor Scott,
Back after the Iraq war, I heard of an ex-soldier who worked then in battalion maintenance on heavy equipment. One day, he was working underneath such and realized he'd need another wrench he didn't have at hand, when a pair of boots showed up next to his feet. So, he called out, 'Hey, meath…
This letter is for the benefit of Gregory Thayer and the "Vermonters for Vermont Initiative" out of a simple concern that they don't waste all of their efforts on banning critical race theory from elementary schools.
During the pandemic, there have been a record number of real estate transactions across New England. The COVID migration from population centers to safer (social distancing) rural areas like Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine led to unprecedented home sales during the past 18 months.
In 2010, the Vermont State Legislature designated October as Health Careers Awareness Month in Vermont. Now, more than ever, we need to create buzz around the importance of health careers in our state. Vermont has among the highest shortages of medical professionals in the nation per capita,…
I consider myself a longtime champion of local democracy. I co-wrote with Frank Bryan a book subtitled “recreating democracy on a local scale” (The Vermont Papers, 1989). But over the years, I have occasionally had the thought there can also be a problem with local democracy, when powerful o…
There’s a song, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold.” It applies not just to friendship, but also to the way we solve problems in our communities.
Everyday, I read the letters to the editor, and I'm not surprised that the Herald hasn't published anything about the viral chant, "Let's Go Brandon." Of course, if it was President Trump at the receiving end of this worldwide criticism and humiliation, many of the Herald's liberal readers w…
On Sept. 13, the Select Board of the Town of Mendon voted unanimously to accept our own Declaration of Inclusion. We were the 21st town to do so.
As an English teacher at Rutland High School, I am confounded by Jim Sabataso's recent article, "RHS incidents raise concern." He begins by stating, "A spate of disruptive and destructive incidents at Rutland High School has administrators and students working to create a more peaceful learn…
My husband and I are hoping to relocate to New England next year. Vermont was our first choice. However, in researching the state’s regulations governing wildlife, we decided, regrettably, Vermont was not for us.
It is true as Goddard College board president William-Toure points out, that alumni were included in the presidential search along with faculty and staff.
I was not surprised by the story, “Student incidents raise concerns at RHS” in Saturday’s Rutland Herald. In November 2017, I wrote a series of articles on this very topic. I can no longer teach, school environments are toxic, and use excuses, not solutions. I can see by reading Saturday’s a…
Vermont has gone from national leader to laggard in the fight against COVID. For so long, the state had the lowest COVID rate in the country. When vaccines became available, Vermont soon led the country. Under the state of emergency, sensible requirements for masking, gatherings in indoor sp…
Part of history
Federal judges ruled the traditional one town, one vote principle unconstitutional and in 1965, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to reapportion themselves. The representative of Stannard literally cried claiming their small community would never again have a representative. Fifty-s…
As I sit here, with four walls facing me, and a ceiling suspended above, my privilege in this world is unveiled. I’ve never had to fear where I will sleep the following night, search for a place to bathe nor go hungry because of food scarcity. I am never lacking in my basic human needs — for…
Today (Oct. 12), I went to visit my sisters, one of whom had recently moved. We had a really nice visit and I got a haircut while there. By the time I returned to Rutland, I had driven 208 miles and I was hungry, lunch having been served around 12:30.
Our supply chain problems are self-imposed, caused by a truck and driver shortage. Trucks must meet new California emission regulations (50% of port trucks don’t) and new trucks must be electric. Drivers are hindered by limited driving hours plus entitlements to stay home are more attractive…
While protests and encampments, including one on the steps of the State House, are raising awareness to the homelessness crisis in Vermont, the Scott administration rolled out a plan to address the housing needs of vulnerable Vermonters.
Five Questions With
Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…
Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.
Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.
Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.
Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.
Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.
Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.
Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.
Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.
Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.
Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.
Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.
Mark Breen, the "Eye on the Sky" guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.
Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.
Stay-at-home mom and low-income advocate Roni Lynn Shrout, of Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected her family.
Carrie Allen, of Rutland, explains how she has been coping with self-isolation and what she hopes will come from it after the pandemic is over.
Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.
Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.
Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.
Former governor Jim Douglas shared his thoughts on self-isolation.
Danziger: Five Questions With